There are three sets of alphabets in Japanese: Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. Many nouns are written in Kanji, verbs and adjectives are written mostly in Kanji-Hiragana combination, particles and auxiliary verbs are in Hiragana, and words borrowed from foreign languages in Katakana.
What can you imagine about Japanese food? There are a lot of famous foods in Japan. For example, Sushi, Tempura, Sukiyaki, and so on… I would like to share something about staple meals you would find in the Japanese home, especially during winter season. According to the calendar it is almost spring. However, we still […]
I would love to share with you something from Japan of last year. Many things happened in Japan last year, just like in your country. So I decided to tell you something important from Japan last year based on “The keywords-of- the-year contest for 2010”. This prize is given to the word which affected our […]
I think a great aspect of Japanese popular culture is anime. As you may know, there are many animation films and cartoons in Japan. The most famous place associated with anime is AKIHABARA in Tokyo. The place is also famous for electric things. So AKIHABARA is very crowded everyday, especially weekends. However, I recommend going […]
The current Japanese prime minister is Naoto Kan who belongs to the Democratic party of Japan. We had a big change last year when the political party in office was changed from Liberal Democratic party to the Democratic party. As you may know, the Japanese prime minister has changed many times over the past several […]
I like these kinds of topics. We also have many superstitions in Japan. But I think that it is different depending on the area in Japan just like each country has its own superstitions. The superstitions that I know are below:
Both in Japan and Thailand, people believe in the existence of ghosts and spirits. Our religion, Buddhism, is based on animism belief, thus we believe everything has spirits. They are not entirely harmful supernatural beings. Most of them are good spirits, often called gods, who protect us from evils. Strong connections to spirits in our […]
HAJIMEMASHITE Kazue DESU. DOUZO YOROSHIKU!! Hello everyone!! My name is Kazue Saito. I’m the new Japanese Language Assistant from Sendai City of Miyagi prefecture in Japan. It takes about 2 hours to go to the north of Tokyo by Shinkansen. Sendai City has a famous festival in August. We call it “TANABATA-MATSURI.” I posted a […]
Hi! I’m Ayaka. It’s so exciting to come back to Willamette again this year! I’m a senior, majoring in Sociology and this is my second and last year at WU. I have a little unique background. I am Japanese, but when I was one and a half years old, I moved to Thailand. Most of […]
Hi everyone! My name is Junko from Japan. I came to the States as a one-year exchange student in 2007 and transferred to WU in 2009 so this is my third year living in Oregon. heehee : ) My three years in Oregon have been just fabulous and I guess it will be tough for […]
Once I was amazed that whenever people mention the “Japanese food” or “Japan”, Sushi is always the first thing coming up in their mind.I admit Sushi is popular in Japan too, but I hope the idea of healthy Japanese food is not based on Sushi. Although Sushi seems to be fresh and low-calorie, Sushi is […]
Baseball has been a national sport in Japan for quite a bit of time. We used to have “the baseball boys” who had practiced since middle school and dreamed that someday they would become professional players. But now football or soccer has replaced the baseball and there are those “soccer boys” who have practiced soccer […]
First I would like to thank whoever “Pisipisi” me to show their support for the Willamette World News. It reminds me that last year some people danced and sang “Chocolate Disco” to show their support toward V-day’s articles. What is “Chocolate Disco”? It is a cute song about interactions between girls and boys on Valentine’s […]
I都市伝説(toshi densetsu) is initially just a story which has been told among people. As the time passes, the story becomes more scary and always involves “the ghost,” or something we can’t explain. I do not really know how this transition occurred, but it is not hard to guess that people tend to make stories more […]
It is fall. Fall in Japan is a season that represents sports and food, and we have a phrase: スポーツの秋 (Sports no Aki where Aki = fall)、食欲の秋 (Shokuyoku no Aki where Shokuyoku = appetite). It is sensible to consider fall as the time of eating, and it probably comes from agricultural perspectives, but how come […]
Ask the Japanese “What season is autumn for?” They would say “”autumn is the season for sports.” Another says “autumn is the season for eating.” Maybe “autumn is the season for reading” Or “autumn is the season for arts”
Hi~everyone, How was the summer??? Say, let me start a short introduction here, for those who don’t know me, and for those who know me but don’t remember exactly who I am. I’m Yu Senzaki, I’ve been writing this blog since last year and i’m an international student from Japan.You probably won’t see me around […]
It took me a long time to write this last article partially because the word “last”, which has a magical power, made me felt I have to write something special. However, it’s mostly because the jet lag had runied my days. The first few days after I backed to Japan, I kept sleeping at 3pm […]
Hi~ How was everyone’s spring break? I went down to L.A. for the Spring TaB, and protested against companies on the street. I lost my voice because of yelling too much during the protesting. After few days I was able to speak, but my friend said I sound like a 40 years old businessman. Now […]
Over the last 20 years, many women have started working after graduating from college. This is probably because the 10-year-recession has forced women to work after their husband’s wages were cut again and again. However, it is still very common for women to get married instead of working right after graduation. Mainly this is because […]
Sustainability is such an important topic for Japan since Japan is a country which does not have many resources. Recycling, producing efficiently, and environmental production, are ecological contexts have been popularized over the past 10 years and Japanese have a high interest in sustainability.
As many people know from Anime, Valentine’s Day in Japan is the day that girls give boys chocolate, which is the opposite of the US. There are two types of chocolates that girls will give. One is called 義理チョコ（ぎりちょこ), Giri-choco.
I asked my German friend, what are the stereotypes of Japanese in Germany. He said “Short” and “Camera.” I don’t want to be viewed as a short person who always bring a camera, so I asked the same question to my another American friend and expected a better answer.
I remember once I stepped into KFC at night on Christmas Eve, they asked me to wait for a hour to buy one piece of chicken, because all of their chickens had already been reserved. KFC is not very popular as McDonald’s is, and I have seen two KFC shut down so far in my […]